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Art Journaling for Beginners Valentine Swap Event

Will you be my Valentine? We’re inspired by the Valentines some of us remember, either fondly or not so much, from our childhood. This swap is all about the idea of love and friendship for everyone!

The 1-2-3 Step Summary:

  1. Make your Valentine, single or multiples – no larger than 4 inches by 4 inches, or 10 cm by 10 cm and no thicker than 3 quarters stacked.
  2. Prepare 2 envelopes – one to Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728 and a self-addressed envelope.
  3. Place your Valentines, 2 loose US postage stamps (if in the US), and self-addressed envelope in the envelope for Art Journaling for Beginners and send it on its way!


Won’t You Be My Valentine? FAQ

What? What’s this?

I’m hosting another real-life papery goodness event here in the studio. This time we’re sharing artsy valentines and everyone gets one!


How is this going to work?

Create a valentine inspired by the old-fashioned idea of friendship and love – smaller than 4 inches (10 cm) square.

Also create a self-addressed envelope for your return valentine

Place two loose first class stamps UNSTUCK into the envelope (international see below)

Put it all into another envelope and mail it to: Art Journaling for Beginners, PO Box 242, Enka, NC 28728

Get a valentine back in the mail!


What are these valentines? I’ve never heard of such a thing!

For some of us we have memories, happy or not so much, of exchanging inexpensive, cheerful paper valentines in grade school. When it was done well, everyone got one from everyone else and all was well.


How about an example?

Sure! Take a look at the photo up top.


Does it have to be a Valentine?

Well, kind of…our theme is love and friendship for all so as long as you keep in that lane, it’ll be great


How big can I make it?

No larger than 4 inches by 4 inches, or 10 cm by 10 cm for our metric folks. That’s in keeping with the originals and makes the mailing far less complicated. As long as it’s 4 inches square or less, you’re good!


Does it have to be square?

Not at all! It just has to be less than 4 inches (10 cm) in either dimension, the actual shape is completely up to you.


How about sticking stuff to it?

Sure – you can add dimensional elements but your finished Valentine in the envelope has to be less than three (3) quarters stacked up. US Postal regulations are very finicky about this and thicker envelopes don’t fare well in their system and are often delayed.


What do you mean about leaving the stamps loose?

Just tuck them in the outer envelope but please, please don’t adhere them to your self-addressed envelope. This will make the re-mailing process way easier and less complicated!


Why two stamps?

The stamp situation here in the studio is…complicated. Some envelopes need more, some less, some are fat, some are thin and I can’t really keep track of it all ahead of time. Two stamps per Valentine gives some flexibility and breathing room when it’s time to send them all back. Think of it as your Valentine to me 😘


What about international?

I’d love to be able to use your stamps but US Postal regulations require US postage on mail leaving the country so I’ll cover that bit for you.


Do I really have to include a self addressed envelope?

Yes, that’s a big deal! My handwriting is not great even when I’m trying and goes downhill from there…


Can I send more than one Valentine?

Yes you can! You’ll get one valentine for each one you send – Sweet!


What’s that address again?

Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728


By when?

I’m collecting Valentines in the studio until February 7, 2020 so you’ll want to mail them US post by Feb 1 and international by Jan 24. You have time to make something adorable as long as you start soon.


When are you sending them back?

I’ll mail them the week of February 10, 2020 so they may arrive before February 14 but postal delays are completely beyond my control (darn it!) .


Can we see them as you get them?

Oh Yes! I’ll be sharing photos of all the paper goodies as they come in!